Friday, February 26, 2010

Prickly Pear, Prickly Pear...

You all probably know that cactus grows in the Central and South American region, and boy, did I see so many gigantic prickly plants of this species! The cacti I came across were mostly in the Colca region, and although they poke, they do make a pretty sight.


I saw some local women displaying crates of red and green egg shaped fruits at their outdoor stalls, and I was curious to find out what they were. I found out that the cactus plant produces a very yummy, juicy, icy fruit called tuna. This fruit is also known as prickly pear and as I had never tasted it before, I asked the kind lady to prepare one for me. She peeled the skin and there it was, the bright reddish-pink fruit. The moment I put this fruit in my mouth, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it had a very light and sweet taste. It almost felt like I was crunching on crushed ice. It felt so cool and refreshing, and I bought a few more fruits to take back with me for the road trip to Arequipa. It definitely made for a much healthier snack than chips and cookies!


Just writing about the prickly pear and looking at the photos make me desperate for one now!

Sigh!

2 comments:

Sriram said...

Tasty fruit !!! The color looks unreal, so pink !!!

banoo said...

In my native place, Kaanadukathan I saw many people eating this Cactus fruit. I also felt like tasting the fruits, but my mom never allowed me! It looks great!

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